Minor spoiler ahead for The Suicide Squad.
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The DC Extended Universe has expanded this weekend, as James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad has officially arrived in theaters. The R-rated romp perfectly uses the Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker’s talents, and it also features a few familiar faces from that Marvel property. And now Gunn has repealed there’s one Guardian cameo no one called out in The Suicide Squad.
James Gunn is a filmmaker known for working with the same actors over and over again. As such, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn both make notable appearances. But another member of the Guardians also appears, and Gunn recently expressed his shock that it didn’t come up during interviews and reviews. As he put it,
Challenge accepted, Mr. Gunn. Because with The Suicide Squad now in theaters and available for re-watch thanks to HBO Max, fans can take the time to dissect ever frame of the blockbuster. And it looks like the internet has solved this riddle and found another cameo.
James Gunn’s comments come from his recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused (opens in new tab) podcast, while discussing all things The Suicide Squad. And it looks like the internet has spotted the surprise cameo, coming from none other than Mantis actress Pom Klementieff. She appears as gogo dancer about midway through the movie, when Task Force X attempts to find Peter Capaldi’s Thinker at a bar.
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Mind blown. It’s funny, because I did think it looked like Pom Klementieff in the scene. But since her tenure as Mantis sees the actress wearing contacts and antennae, I wasn’t quite sure. But with Gunn’s cryptic tease, it all clicked together.
Perhaps this cameo shouldn’t be all that surprising, as Pom Klementieff was photographed with the cast of The Suicide Squad as it was filming. And since James Gunn has such a penchant for cameos and featuring his previous collaborators, seeing Mantis in the DCEU makes perfect sense.
Of course, James Gunn and Pom Klementieff are about to work with each other back in the MCU for various Guardians of the Galaxy content. Because in addition to the upcoming threequel, there’s also a Holiday Special on the way. Gunn is also seemingly in talks to return to the DCEU afterward, so it’s clear that the filmmaker and his favorite co-workers are going to stay busy.x
The Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Be sure to check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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